Windjammer Faces More Mitch Suits
Nov. 26, 1998
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ Relatives of six Guyanese sailors who disappeared with a ship during Hurricane Mitch said Wednesday they will file lawsuits against a cruise company.
They join five other families who claim Windjammer Barefoot Cruises Inc., based in Miami Beach, Fla., acted recklessly by trying to save the Fantome instead of abandoning the ship in port as Mitch battered Central America on Oct. 27. The 31 crew members are missing and presumed dead.
Relatives spent Wednesday briefing investigators from a Miami law firm in the eastern town of New Amsterdam, about 70 miles from Georgetown.
Windjammer also faces lawsuits from the relatives of Jamaican and Honduran crew members. Company president Michael D. Burke Jr. denied the claim earlier this month.
The Fantome, a 71-year-old, four-masted sailing ship once owned by Aristotle Onassis, was last heard from about 40 miles from Mitch's eye near Honduras.